Important Update from Theater Alliance

(Monday, April 15, 2024) – Theater Alliance is heartbroken to announce that after 12 years as the professional company in residence, we have been forced out of the Anacostia Playhouse. In February, Theater Alliance discovered, through a posted eviction notice on the door, that the Anacostia Playhouse had not paid any rent to the property owner from October 2023 to …

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Theater Alliance Announces 21st Season

THEATER ALLIANCE ANNOUNCES 21ST SEASON Final Season Under Leadership of Producing Artistic Director Raymond O. Caldwell Centers Community, Journeys, and Homecoming (Washington DC) The upcoming 2023-2024 Season from Theater Alliance will explore movements — both how we move through space and how we change the world. Starting small, with the walk home from middle school in the Kennedy Center’s performance …

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What a Week! MLK Jr. Parade and First Rehearsal

By Natalie Graves Tucker You think Raymond’s first week was busy. This week was chock-full of activies on just the first two days. We participated in the 38th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade on the coldest day of the year on Monday. Our small yet mighty marching group consisted of Theater Alliance staff, board members, actors and interns. We also …

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A Note for the End of the Year

Dear friend of Theater Alliance,

Theater offers us something vital. It is a place where community is created through story and relationship; it is time shared away from a glowing screen. Our unique medium helps us understand the complex and challenging world we live in — because, let’s face it, this last year has made the world a lot more complex and challenging.

For the staff, board, and artists of Theater Alliance, creating theatre and sharing it with our audiences is a leap into the unknown. And with it comes the surprising and unexpected experiences that allow us to redefine and better understand our community. Theater is the way cultures the world over have interrogated and grappled with the challenges of their time. And we are doing that now.

 

You can help us make theater and create change with a generous donation today.

You see, when I say “community,” I don’t just mean the geographic area near the playhouse. Community is  a dynamic, complicated, living thing — one that we seek to celebrate, challenge, and explore through the shows we produce. We redefine what community means every time we hold a post-show conversation . . . when a woman from historic Anacostia engages in meaningful dialogue with a patron from Capitol Hill, or a student from American University, or an actor from the play. The act of experiencing live theater together and sharing our own stories is sometimes all it takes to learn from each other . . . and forge a community inclusive of everyone.

I hope, when you see our upcoming production of The Raid, you have the chance to experience this firsthand. The show is an innovative play that examines the difference between being an ally and an accomplice, the implications of race in social protest, and the limits of radicalism in the age of #Resistance. I hope that it moves you, makes you think, and inspires you to stick around after the show to talk with me, the artists, and one another.

On behalf of the Theater Alliance staff, board, and artists I wish you and your family a joyous season.

See you at the playhouse,

P.S. In theater, we are accustomed to making a little go a long way. It is through the generosity of friends like you — and gifts of all sizes — that our work is possible. Thank you.

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The First Washington DC Planet Earth Arts New Play Festival

Theater Alliance in collaboration with Stanford University’s National Center for New Plays & Planet Earth Arts and in partnership with DC’s Department of Energy & Environment present The First Washington DC Planet Earth Arts New Play Festival! We recently tasked DC Area Playwrights to think about the Anacostia watershed and how the presence and relationship to water divide or unite …

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